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The word ditto comes from the Tuscan language, where it is the past participle of the verb dire (to say), with the meaning of "said", as in the locution[disambiguation needed] "the said story". The first recorded use of ditto with this meaning in English occurs in 1625. Early evidence of ditto marks can be seen on a cuneiform tablet of the Neo-Assyrian period (934 – 608 BC) where two vertical marks are used in a table of synonyms to repeat text, while in China the corresponding mark is two horizontal lines (二); see iteration mark.
The graphical shape of the ditto mark may vary according to different language uses. It is generally represented by a quotation mark pointing to the right. Therefore, it will be ” in English, » in French, „ in German, and so on. The abbreviation do. is also used [see above].
The usage of other charcters should be avoided such as:
- The straight double quotation mark U+0022 " quotation mark (HTML
") is from the typewriter era, when there were no resources to type the curved quotation mark (”);
- The double prime U+2033 ″ double prime (HTML
″) has a slightly different shape and it is used in other contexts (mathematical, measurement, etc.);
- The character U+3003 〃 ditto mark (HTML
〃) is to be used in CJK scripts only.
- "Oxford Dictionaries". Retrieved 3 November 2016.
- Definition at The Free Dictionary
- K.4375 and File:Library of Ashurbanipal synonym list tablet.jpg
- "Unicode Standard Annex #24: Unicode Script Property". 2.9 Script_Extensions Property. Retrieved 2013-05-19.
- "ScriptExtensions.txt". Retrieved 2013-05-19.
- "CJK symbols and Punctuation" (PDF). Retrieved 2013-05-20.
- The dictionary definition of 〃 at Wiktionary